Seahawks vs. the Bears would not have been a close call game had the Bears were still with the services of Cutler and Forte. I would have surely gone in the favour of the Bears then but with these key absentees, the balance tips favorably towards the Seahawks. The Seahawks have been playing extremely well of late and therefore the Bears are going to be at a huge disadvantage. The Bears will not be able to score more than the Seahawks with Marion Barber in the backfield and Hanie under center. The best bet of the Bears is to really make a fight out of this fixture and try their best to make it close. Even the Chiefs beat the Bears at home and there is no reason the Seahawks can’t do either.
I would also favour the Ravens in the match against the Chargers. The Raiders have the much better team even though the Chargers are going through a great run of form lately. We might be seeing the old age offense of the Chargers that we saw between week 7 and 12. Due to this very reason I don’t see them scoring more than 30 points against the Ravens. They might very well have to change their strategy and employ a tactic similar to the Ravens and hope that they can beat the Ravens at their own game. The Ravens are not going to steamroll over the Chargers but the least they are going to do is to wear the Chargers down and make it extremely tough for them.
Similarly the Raiders are going to edge out the game against the Lions. Note that what I am saying is merely my opinion and no disrespect to anyone. Ndamukong Suh is going to be back for the Lions but there is no assurance over the return of Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore and Darren McFadden for the Raiders. I’m not saying that the Raiders are a better team than the Lions but the fact that their offense often gets one dimensional and like we saw last week, their defense is extremely vulnerable and beatable. The Lions offense suffers when Stafford is having a bad game. It makes it extremely difficult for the Lions to score then. The Raiders can edge out the game if they are able to get their running game going. The Lions rank 27th against the run and it will be very difficult to stop them. The Raiders must take absolute advantage of this scenario and take the game to the Lions if they are going to win this one.